This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I’ve had a few hits and misses with the apartment balcony garden, but each year, I try to grow at least a few herbs. It takes only a small amount of work, but the rewards are gratifying.
Now more than ever, I recommend trying it out yourself for various reasons:
I was thoroughly disgusted by this little piece of news:
Cilantro is often used raw in salads, guacamole, fresh salsa, and other Mexican dishes such as soft tacos and tostadas. Using it raw increases the risk of food-borne illness.
By growing herbs yourself, you limit your exposure to herbs grown in unsanitary conditions, and potential disease. Here are some tips on how to grow cilantro from Sunset Magazine.
It is so easy to just go outside and snip a few leaves, anytime you need herbs for recipes.
A bundle of herbs can cost $4-$6 at the store; and a lot of it wilts in the refrigerator after you use a small handful. On the other hand, a packet of seeds cost just a few cents; a full grown plant costs $2.99 and you can keep using it over and over.
If your plants prosper, or if you become proficient in growing them, you can give herb plants as gifts. They make great teachers’ gifts, thank you or even get well gifts. Everyone likes them.
Ready to get started? It is not too late – even in the heat of summer, herbs continue to flourish. Here are a few articles to get you going:
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